Moscow, July 3 2008. Voina group documents the “Cop In A Priest’s Cassock” action
21 Jul 2008 20:18 GMT
Moscow, July 3 – members of the Voina group have documented a late night robbery in a high-class supermarket in downtown Moscow. The thief appeared to be a police officer with his uniform covered by an Orthodox priest’s cassock.
Cop with company exiting the "United Russia" party HQ
The raid seemed like an operation common for today's Russia
Inside the supermarket the faithfully dressed officer was more than confident
The cop’s illegal routine was caught on film by Voina’s covert crew
The afterparty celebrating the ways of Putinist Russia
Delicacies stolen for the daily pleasure of the cop-priest
A wild orgy with colleagues behind the “United Russia” HQ
Activists of the Voina group had the exclusive opportunity to document a crime committed with the impunity enjoyed by priests and cops in today’s Russia.
On July 3, at approximately 11 pm, Voina’s covert film crew captured a suspicious character exiting the Moscow HQ of the ruling “United Russia” party on Kutuzovskiy avenue, 39. The subject, judging by his posture, uniform hat and pants was a Moscow police officer. A black Orthodox cassock with a massive cross worn on top was a perplexing indicator that the suspect on film is a member of the clergy as well.
This ambiguous character, with a few apparent followers staying beside, proceeded down the Kutuzovskiy avenue to the nearby “Sedmoy Kontinent” supermarket. The officer in a cleric’s suit entered the high-class store, picked a shopping cart and began to slowly fill his bags with brand name delicacies. The Voina group was able to scrupulously document the whole “shopping” process, courtesy of an infiltrator wearing a hidden camera inside the cop’s company.
After making his selections the officer-cleric went past the cash register without paying for his groceries – evidence of a committed crime. At exit point he was not stopped by store security, who was clearly aware of the whole matter, though, apparently, was feeling incapable to intervene with the business of such a respectable double bind persona. The provided material is a clear indicator that the subject in focus was routinely committing the crime of shoplifting confident in his impunity.
After years of oppressive Putinism, at the beginning of President Puppy Bear’s term, Russia has fallen prey to police forces who have the right to harass and torture citizens in the name of the law and President Puppy Bear. The Puppy Bear and his cops are granted religious authority by the Orthodox Church.
Voina’s covert crew followed the cop in a priest’s cassock back to the “United Russia” party HQ to witness a mad and festive celebration, which took the form of an orgy in the inner yard of the party building. Photo material featuring the officer’s scrupulous dress-up before his supermarket raid serves as extra evidence of the systematic approach to shoplifting members of the Russian police force have developed while working in close contact with the Orthodox Church.
PHOTO: Flickr, Photoshare
Reports w/photos (Russian): Plucer, Wisegizmo
The Voina group has previously interrogated Russian police in a series of actions in early May 2008 inside police stations around the Moscow area. Later that month a truck full of Voina activists blocked traffic in front of the Prosecutor’s Office in an action declaring the illegitimacy of Russian courts. In late May during a public hearing on censorship Voina made a statement on the integrity of the Orthodox community. The group is renowned for marking the ascension of President Puppy Bear to power by staging the “Fuck for the heir Puppy Bear!” action.